Author Archives: Ellen Rohr

About Ellen Rohr

Ellen Rohr, The Plumber's Wife Turned Business Makeover Expert teaches business basics. Ellen specializes in helping business owners put simple business plans together. She teaches them how to make more money and how to stay focused and profitable. Ellen makes ordinarily dry-as-dust business planning powerful, easy and fun. You can find Ellen on Facebook, Google+, or visit the contact us page.

Are Your Employee Wages Top Secret?

Here’s a snippet from a recent conversation with a plumbing contractor… “If Bob knew what Steve was making per hour he would quit on the spot.  But I had to pay Steve a premium to get him to come work … Continue reading

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From Business Plan…to a great JOB!

Our Mission is all about Freedom!  Financial freedom, lifestyle freedom.  Honorable, profitable business expands peace and freedom across the planet.  That’s why we do what we do at

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Sales Tip: Don’t Let Your Customer Make a Bad Decision

The other day my 20 year old dishwasher died.  Alas.  So, I went to a big box appliance store.   I asked to see some dishwashers and a nice young man escorted me to a row of them.  From left to … Continue reading

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Time Management Strategies with Kenny Chapman

When I meet with a client, I ask them to, “Tell me what your life would be like if all your dreams came true.”  Often the response includes, “I want my business to run without me. I want to give … Continue reading

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Great Business Gift Ideas

(View video on YouTube) Manners promote peace, friendship…and sales! Growing up, my sisters and brother and I were fortunate to have a mother who taught us good manners.  Yai Yai gave us a rule that if you are going to … Continue reading

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Build Your Business Roster

I’ve had about 100 jobs. Yet I can count on one hand the number of times I have shown up on my first day of work and known who my boss was and what my position in the company was. … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo Works for your business! (Enter the Contest)

What I know for sure?  That my purpose in life is to help people find freedom – financial freedom, lifestyle freedom – in a business of their own.  So, I said YES when Wells Fargo (@WellsFargo) asked me to participate … Continue reading

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A Business Plan Shortcut?

Dear Ellen, My friend has a business plan that “passed muster” with her bank and she got a loan.  How about if I just take her plan and customize it for my business?  Sounds like a good short cut.  What … Continue reading

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Do You Need a Lifeline?

(View Video on YouTube) I love April, John and the Watermark Plumbing Team!  I especially love April’s and John’s four daughters.  They are smart and hilarious and their parents totally appreciate them.  (Become April’s FB friend and you’ll see what … Continue reading

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Social Media Tips for Old People

I recently did a google hangout with Ashlei Williams of PHC News.  She is young and smart and really savvy when it comes to social media.  Relatively speaking, I am old when it comes to e-marketing.  (You, too?)  We chatted … Continue reading

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